Another year, another immaculately turned-out man - the time has come to announce the winner of 2011’s Best-Dressed Real Man competition in association with my-wardrobe.com.
The gloves, coats and bespoke bow ties were off in this year’s search, which took our team from the fashion-forward halls of Glasgow University to London’s swanky Mayfair. The competition was fierce, with the looks on show stronger than ever before.
Here, as selected by our judging panel - which included Sir Paul Smith, Patrick Grant and Douglas Booth - is our overall winner, Dan Wood, who takes home the grand prize of £20,000 to spend at my-wardrobe.com, a beautiful Longines watch, a night in the Mayfair Hotel and a grooming hamper from Niven & Joshua.
“All the finalists were really stylish, and it was hard to choose. I liked the creative way the clothes were put together. Sorry to the guys who didn’t win - but it was a very fine line between the top 12!”
Sir Paul Smith, judge
Name Dan Wood
Occupation Architecture student
Despite being only 22 years of age, Britain’s Best-Dressed Man 2011 has a timeless sense of style. What’s more, he cares about clothes in a way that’s infectious.
“It’s become an addiction - getting shirts adjusted, jackets altered. But my tailor, Richie, is just so good,” says Wood.
Invited to our Liverpool event by a friend, Wood came straight from work. He was employed by Gieves & Hawkes at the time and his commitment to meticulous dressing was apparent even after a long shift.
“My mates and I are all passionate about dressing well. Personally, I think everything you wear should have a reason. So if your trousers have belt-loops, wear a belt.”
For our shoot, Wood wore smart separates, with many of his finest pieces sourced from sample sales and charity shops across the country. His looks were preppy and immaculate.
“I enjoy a modern, slimmer cut. But I’m not massively swayed by fashion,” he says. “I go for classic things that in 10, 20, 30 years will hopefully look good.” You’ve got nothing to worry about, Mr Wood. Congratulations on your well-earned victory.
See the full feature and final shortlist in the October issue, out now
Here's a selection of pictures from the Best-dressed Real Man Awards party